Tag Archives: Spain

• China Overtakes France in Vineyards

China Overtakes France in Vineyards

China has become the second-largest vineyard area in the world after Spain, pushing France into third place. The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (IOVW) said China now had 799,000 hectares (1.97 million acres) of land devoted to vineyards. That compared with 1.02 million hectares in Spain. Experts pointed out that not all of China’s […]

• BrewDog opens bar in Barcelona complete with bulletproof glass

BrewDog opens bar in Barcelona complete with bulletproof glass

BrewDog has taken its craft beer mission to Spain opening its first bar in Barcelona. Located at Carrer de Casanova 69, the bar is located in a former bank building and as such boasts bulletproof glass. With a capacity for 100 people the bar will serve 20 beers on tap including a selection of craft beers from […]

• Bizarre claim that Putin bought cult winery prove false

Bizarre claim that Putin bought cult winery prove false

Winemaker Peter Sisseck has denied bizarre claims that he sold Dominio de Pingus vines to Russian president Vladimir Putin so the leader could plant them in the grounds of his Spanish mansion. According to the Olive Press, an English newspaper based in Spain, the Russian leader had planted a vineyard at his multi million euro mansion […]

• What a way to go. Woman drowns in wine barrel…

What a way to go. Woman drowns in wine barrel…

…after becoming intoxicated by fumes. A 25-year-old Spanish woman drowned after becoming intoxicated by fermentation gases and falling into a wine barrel, Metro reported. Nerea Perez, a vineyard worker in northern Spain, reportedly had been stirring wine while it was fermenting— a lengthy process that allows the wine to come in extra contact with dead […]

• Tasting Argentina! Wine tasting at the Peninsula BH Oct 22

Tasting Argentina! Wine tasting at the Peninsula BH Oct 22

Come and share the excitement, enjoy unlimited tasting, the music, appetizer foods and a robust silent auction. Learn about the wines of Argentina from the visiting producers, owners, and winemakers themselves at “Tasting Argentina”.  Visiting Wineries ACHAVAL FERRER ALAMOS WINERY ANTIGAL BODEGA ARGENTO BODEGA DEL FIN DEL MUNDO – PATAGONIA ARGENTINA BODEGA DOMINGO HERMANOS BODEGA […]

• Paper-Flavored Cocktail Wins Most Imaginative. Tastes Like Money?!

Paper-Flavored Cocktail Wins Most Imaginative. Tastes Like Money?!

If you enjoy the smell of a good book, then you’re going to love this one. A French bartender created a drink for Bombay Sapphire’s most imaginative cocktail contest that smells and tastes like something you’d normally never associate with a beverage: paper. Yes, paper. The gin company brought a group of 14 top bartenders […]

• U.S. Bypasses France As Largest Wine Market

U.S. Bypasses France As Largest Wine Market

The average Frenchman may sip six times as much wine as the average American, but the United States still became the world’s largest market for wine last year, beating France into second place for the first time. I didn’t realize we drank so much wine, but this is coming from someone who frowns upon reds and […]

• European Consumers Prefer Aluminum Closures For Wine/Spirits

European Consumers Prefer Aluminum Closures For Wine/Spirits

Among the factors driving the preference for aluminum wine/spirits closures are reclosability and recyclability. When it comes to wine and spirits closures, a majority of European consumers prefer aluminum over other options. That’s according to a recent survey of 6,000 consumers conducted by market research company IPSOS. The study, which took place in five major […]

• Why Sherry Casks Are So Important To Scotch

Why Sherry Casks Are So Important To Scotch

Wood is the single most important thing when it comes to maturation of liquor, including American bourbon, Irish and Japanese whisky or Scotch. Before writing my article last month, I had just visited Jerez in the south of Spain to see the production of sherry casks that Scotch whiskies end up maturing in. I’d mentioned […]

• Rioja Sees Record-Breaking Sales in 2013

Rioja Sees Record-Breaking Sales in 2013

Sales of Rioja reached 277 million litres in 2013, surpassing its previous record set before the global economic downturn. The total volume of wine sold by the DOCa Rioja in 2013 was over 277 million litres— up 3.98% from the previous year. Of this, red wine made up 90% of Rioja’s total global sales, totalling […]

• Researchers find way to determine if that bottle of unopened champagne is still good

Researchers find way to determine if that bottle of unopened champagne is still good

In the rare case that you have a bottle of unopened bubbly leftover from New Year’s Eve, you have no way to tell if it’ll stay good until you pop the cork and taste it at your next celebration. But scientists are reporting a precise new way for wineries – and their customers – to […]

• Wine Spectator Announces Its 2013 Wine of the Year

Wine Spectator Announces Its 2013 Wine of the Year

Top honor goes to a Spanish wine for the first time. For the first time ever, a wine from Spain has claimed the top ranking in Wine Spectator‘s annual Top 100 list of the most exciting wines of the year. Made by one of Rioja’s most important producers, which was founded in the 19th century, […]

• Holy crap. Wine shortage looms. Drink it while you can.

Holy crap. Wine shortage looms. Drink it while you can.

Attention wine lovers: savor every last sip, as researchers say there may be a global shortage looming. Wine prices could shoot up because of a fall in production and growing thirst for wine among Chinese and Americans, Morgan Stanley research said in a report Wednesday. World production peaked in 2004, with an excess of 600 […]

• Happy Columbus Day! What wines were with Columbus in 1492?

Happy Columbus Day! What wines were with Columbus in 1492?

“Monday is Columbus Day and I would like to celebrate the day with a wine similar to the wines taken on his journeys. I have done some research and have not been able to find what wines, if any, Columbus’ crew had on board. Remember, he was an Italian sailing under the Spanish flag. Would […]

• Traveling? How To Order A Beer & Say ‘Cheers’ in 20 Countries

Traveling? How To Order A Beer & Say ‘Cheers’ in 20 Countries

When you share a beer with someone, there’s a certain understanding: you’re both there to relax. Beer is, really, the universal language. The only issue, when traveling abroad, is ordering that beer in the first place (and knowing what to do with it without being rude). We’re here to help. As an overall consensus, there […]